SPEAKER BIOS

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MONTE KAEHR

 

Group Vice President, Advanced Mobility  

Research & Development, Toyota Motor North America

Session: Toyota's Advanced Mobility 11:10-11:35am CST

Monte Kaehr is group vice president, Advanced Mobility  Research & Development for Toyota Motor North America  (TMNA). In this role, he is responsible for technical strategy and planning of advanced mobility  solutions. 

 

Previously, Kaehr served as the Toyota Sienna chief engineer, and prior to that, Toyota Camry  chief engineer for the North American region. Kaehr joined Toyota in 1992 as a design engineer in Japan and moved to Toyota’s North American Research & Development division in 1998 where he progressed through a series of  positions in Body Engineering and Product Development.  

 

Kaehr has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

ERNIE COWART

 

Vice President of Business Intelligence EDPA

Session: Alabama's Automotive Future 11:40am-12:05pm CST

Ernie serves as the Vice President of Business Intelligence and has been with the EDPA since 2000.  In this role, he oversees business and data analytics, proposal preparation, and community assistance. Ernie received his B.A. in History from the University of Alabama and a Master’s in Economic Development from the University of Southern Mississippi. Additionally, he is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council.

ZINGHA LUCIEN

 

Consultant and Leader with Element Fleet Management

Session: Current Trends Impacting Fleet 12:10pm-12:35pm CST

Ms. Lucien’s background includes 15 years of experience within the fleet industry, a Baccalaureate degree in finance, a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration, and a creditable reputation as a trusted advisor to clients from industries ranging from healthcare and retail, to manufacturing and utilities. 

When managing a fleet, leaders balance complex components of the macro-economy, industries, customers, drivers, leaders, vehicles, climate, and technology—a combination of factors that can lead to a less than optimal fleet management situation and even disorder. Lucien’s passion is bringing these factors together to tell the story of how fleet behaviors can lead to deficient outcomes and usher customers toward optimal fleet potential. Through in-depth data analysis and market insights, Lucien, along with a team of consultants, ardently present our customers with innovative solutions to their complex fleet questions and challenges, as well as strategies that help them adroitly balance cost, productivity, risk, and sustainability in a continually evolving fleet industry. 

THERESA JONES, CSA

 

Owner and Principal consultant for EVALV IQ

Session: Cybersecurity for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 1:05pm-1:30pm CST 

 

After 17 years of mastering the sales and marketing industry, Theresa Jones entered the Cyber Security & Information Technology industries in 2016 and took it by storm. Theresa is playfully known as the Cyber Lady, yet there is nothing whimsical about her drive and determination to continue furthering her career professionally. She proudly serves on the Board of Directors as Membership Coordinator & IT Sector Chief for the InfraGard LA partnership with the FBI; and New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Cyber Security Trainer and the Cyber Security Specialty Consultant for the LA Small Business Development Centers, and a host of other entities. Theresa is the owner and principal consultant for EVALV IQ (pronounced evolve). Her agency is the first female, minority-owned Cyber Security consulting firm in the state of Louisiana. EVALV IQ brings the latest technology, security resources, and cyber education into the southeastern market.

 

To add to her passion for technology, as of September 2020 she became the proud addition to Next Tech Solutions, an IT firm serving Metro New Orleans & Baton Rouge. Theresa takes pleasure in educating business owners in the realm of cyber and utilizes her relationships with federal, local and regional law enforcement to educate business owners on the laws for cybersecurity.  

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